MIFF Shorts

The much-loved and internationally acclaimed MIFF Shorts program highlights the art of saying more with less. Showcasing the best short films – including the Melbourne-made Cannes Short Film Palme d'Or winner – this year’s selection includes animation, documentary, experimental and international fiction short films as well as the always popular WTF program of late-night oddities, and a special program of short films that centres on complex portrayals of motherhood. And don’t forget the Accelerator program featuring exciting and diverse works by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand.

MIFF Shorts Awards

MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short-film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere. Thanks to our Shorts Awards partners, eligible short films compete for a total cash prize pool of $56,000.

The MIFF Shorts Awards are Academy Awards® accredited. The winners of the Best MIFF Short, Best Australian Short and Best Documentary awards are eligible to submit their film for the 91st Academy Awards® in 2019.


Awards Ceremony Partner

Film Victoria
City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film

Screen Australia

Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film

MIFF Award for Best Animation Short Film

Swinburne University of Technology Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker

Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova for Best Fiction Short Film


RMIT University Award for Best Documentary Short Film

Anna Schwartz Gallery Award for Best Experimental Short Film